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The Only Known Reason For Mesothelioma Is Asbestos Exposure

Posted on 10th August, 2019

by Legal Staff

You may have heard quite a bit about mesothelioma in the news lately. Mesothelioma is cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers some of the internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, abdomen.

While there are a variety of cancers, mesothelioma encompasses a high prevalence among those who were exposed to asbestos, especially veterans who served between 1935 and 1975 and anybody who was in a work environment where asbestos is prevalent.

Depending on where the cancer occurs, the symptoms can vary in a couple of different ways:

Pleural mesothelioma, which affects lung tissue, causes signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Painful coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under your skin on the chest area
  • Unexplained weight loss

Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the abdomen, causes signs and symptoms that may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained weight loss

Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure

Once symptoms of mesothelioma do occur, they are often mistaken for the signs of non-malignant conditions like pulmonary fibrosis. It's not uncommon for mesothelioma to be misdiagnosed as carcinoma which has an effect on the lungs that closely matches other cancers in terms of symptoms. The typical medical specialist won't have seen a mesothelioma patient during their career, so this is another excuse why misdiagnosis is frequent.

Misdiagnosis does happen in part due to the rarity of mesothelioma. Since every malady needs a particular therapeutic approach, receiving treatment for the incorrect condition can have a severe negative impact on treating the ultimate condition. In addition, a false diagnosis can stop you from claiming compensation. Company trust funds pay cash relying totally on your diagnosis. Seeking a second and even a 3rd opinion is thus crucial if you've got a history of asbestos exposure. We advise you to get more than one opinion on such an important health matter.

Secondary Asbestos Exposure

There are multiple scenarios where asbestos exposure could occur, like factories, shipbuilding yards, and even wives cleaning their husband's asbestos-laden garments or youngsters hugging their father upon returning home. If you have a loved one with whom you shared living space for three years or longer, you're in danger of a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Victims of secondary asbestos exposure are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds. Thus, if you believe your diagnosis is the result of secondary asbestos exposure, we encourage you to ask experienced legal help. Often people are unaware of the full extent of their claim until they discuss their circumstances with us. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of experts will maintain close communication with you in regard to your case's eligibility.

See If You Are Eligible for Compensation

If you're a former employee fighting cancer after being exposed to asbestos, we encourage you to contact us.

Our experts can assist you with finding out if you qualify for filing a claim with the asbestos trust funds.

Since asbestos claims are distinct from personal injury lawsuits, being eligible for compensation from trust funds involves no trial. The compensation you may be eligible to receive can cover the expenses related to cancer treatment, which are usually very high. Oftentimes, few victims of mesothelioma apply for compensation out of worry of a long trial or high expenses, tons of paperwork and the physical and emotional distress. But asbestos trust funds actually enable victims of mesothelioma to file a claim.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, our expert team can assist you in finding out if you are eligible to seek compensation through a claim so you can focus on your health. Contact Atraxia Law today to start discussing your case.